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Colorado cake clash controversy

31 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

No, that “bake me an anti-gay cake” guy in Denver has no legal case. Now back to real issues [Volokh, our coverage of conflict between bake-my-cake lawsuits and individual liberty] Tweet Tags: discrimination law Colorado cake clash controversy is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Schools roundup

55 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Illinois school district warns parents that in doing investigations under new cyber-bullying law it may require students to hand over their Facebook passwords [Vice Motherboard; earlier on "cyber-bullying"] Powerful, from Christina Hoff...Show More Summary

Free Webinar - Click-Worthy Assets: The New Search Marketing

Pay Per Click and Conversion Specialist, Paul Julius from, will be joining Ken Hardison for a Free webinar: Click-Worthy Assets: The New Search Marketing Date/Time: Thursday, January 29th @ 1 PM Eastern Time During this...Show More Summary

“State tells Detroit man: Pay for child that isn’t yours or go to jail!”

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

As we noted in October on the case of Carnell Alexander, once the state’s Deadbeat Dad game starts against you, actual innocence may be only one of many cards in play. [WXYZ] Tweet Tags: child support, Detroit, procedure “State tells Detroit man: Pay for child that isn’t yours or go to jail!” is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The broadband industry isn't opposed to net neutrality — so long as it gets to write the rules itself. This week, companies spoke up in support of their toothless version of net neutrality, prompting one anonymous commenter to give us...Show More Summary

Police: Suspect Is White Male, Average Height & Build, Has Mouth, Two Eyes

The lead-in by ABC13 News in Houston pretty much sums it up: The Rosenberg Police Department admitted that this might be a "long shot," but decided to release the sketch anyway, because you never know. On the department's Facebook page,...         ...Show More Summary

Sheldon Silver’s ethical train wreck

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Ugly” question raised by arrest of New York assembly speaker Sheldon Silver: how often do law firms trade cash to doctors for mesothelioma referrals? [Alison Frankel/Reuters, Science magazine, earlier] And from the New York Times: …mesothelioma...Show More Summary

Parental Leave Around the World

There is a wonderful chart and article over at the Huffington Post that takes a comparative look at parental leave. Many of us examine this issue when we cover the FMLA, or teach an international employment law class. The chart...

Loser-pays provision in 2011 Texas legal reform

HB 274’s motion-to-dismiss/fee-shifting provision is getting more use than some foresaw at the time [Angela Morris, Texas Lawyer, quoting Austin attorney David Chamberlain] Tweet Tags: loser pays, Texas Loser-pays provision in 2011 Texas legal reform is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

This Week In Techdirt History: January 18th - 24th

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2010 was the beginning of the NY times paywall, sparking off huge amounts of discussion online. We weren't convinced. Ultimately, the paywall didn't seem to hurt the newspaper, but it didn't seem to bring much benefit either (or at least not enough for many other publications to follow in its footsteps). Show More Summary

NYC: ADA complaint mill could close punk-rock landmark

“Manitoba’s, one of the last punk rock dive bars in New York’s East Village, owned by former Dictators frontman “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, could be headed for a premature end. Its would-be executioner is not rising rents or gentrification,...Show More Summary

Michigan Union Membership Falls to Record Low

We are used to seeing declining unionization and mebership rates across the country. Another unfortunate trend (depending on your perspective) is a decline in unionization in those states that historically back organized labor. The great state of Michigan is the...

Awesome Stuff: Where's My Personal Robot?

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's 2015 already. Aren't we supposed to have personal robots like Rosie from the Jetsons already? Instead, what do we have? Vacuum cleaners that mosey around the house? For this week's awesome stuff, let's look at three interestingShow More Summary

Analysis Of Pirated Oscar Movies Shows They're Almost All Available... In HD (And Not From Screeners)

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As we've mentioned in the past, every year for over a decade, Andy Baio scours the internet to see what Oscar-nominated movies have been put online (the answer is usually almost all of them). He started this back in 2004, when the MPAA laughably claimed that the very first "screener" copy of a nominated movie had been put online. Show More Summary

Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In The Public Domain... And Why That Needs To Change

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

More than five years ago, we wrote about just how difficult it was to actually put something into the public domain legally. For years, we've said that all of our Techdirt posts (where we have the right to do so) are subject to a public...Show More Summary

Lethal Injection Drug Protocol to Get High Court Review

The Supreme Court said Friday it would examine whether Oklahoma’s lethal-injection protocol violates the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments.

Meet My Invisible Girlfriend

Here’s the thing I’ve been spending some of time on for the last year.  I’ll be sharing the whole story soon, but wanted to share it here. We launched in public beta on Tuesday, and two days later made the Today Show (not to mention nearly every other national media outlet. It has been crazy, and cool....

Can You Be Prosecuted For Sharing A Link? The Troubling Case Of Barrett Brown

The prosecution of a prominent activist and journalist raises very real and serious First Amendment concerns.

DailyDirt: Miracle Cures

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Scams trying to convince people that losing weight is easy are everywhere. Losing weight is not easy. Maybe it is for some lucky people who have incredibly awesome genetics and the metabolism to burn calories like a hummingbird, but for most folks, it's not. Show More Summary

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